Notebook: UGA tailback Todd Gurley remains modest about freshman season

Georgia freshman Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama in the SEC Championship game. (AJC photo)

Georgia freshman Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama in the SEC Championship game. (AJC photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. –Considering the monster season he just had, it has been a relatively quiet period for Georgia’s Todd Gurley as the Bulldogs prepared for Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl game against Nebraska. And that’s just the way Gurley likes it.

The quiet-spoken freshman rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns this season and he has proven to be the Bulldogs’ most consistent offensive weapon. After his 122-yard, two touchdown performance against Alabama in the SEC Championship game, Gurley enters Tuesday’s game averaging 96.9 yards per game.

But it was only grudgingly that submitted to a recent interview request, and then he was decidedly modest when it came to talking about the season he has had.

“It was a great season but I wanted much more out of it,” said Gurley, whose 17 total touchdowns is the fourth most in school history. “But there ain’t nothing we can do about it now. We’ve just got this one more game and we’re going to take it from here.”

Gurley said the rushing yards and touchdown numbers are nice,  but all his goals were team ones and they included an SEC championship and national title. The Bulldogs came up short on each of those.

Certainly, then, he must be licking his chop to go against a Nebraska defense that just gave up 539 yards rushing to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Gurley, whose rushing season currently ranks ninth best in UGA annals, could move past Knowshon Moreno up to fifth with 161 yards against the Cornhuskers.

“Everybody’s talking about their last game. But that was three weeks ago and I’m pretty sure they’ve done a lot since then,” Gurley said. “Everybody has a bad game and Wisconsin has a pretty good offensive line. So you can’t look at what happened in the last game. Everybody runs to the ball and they have a great defense.”

Asked what his goal is for the Capital One Bowl, Gurley again went with the team concept.

“Just to show everybody that we believe we are the best team in the country,” Gurley said. “We want to finish in the Top 5 in the country and make a statement a little bit. You know, we’re not in the BCS game, but I guess this is the highest non-BCS bowl you can be in. We just want to come out there and get a win. I guess a lot of people are saying Georgia is not this or that. But we just want that one win and finish off with 12 wins.”

Presidentially speaking

UGA President Michael Adams is attending his last bowl game as the university’s top executive. He has already announced his retirement and the search for his successor is well under way.

Attending the Capital One Bowl kickoff luncheon Monday at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld, Adams said he is “staying out of” search for his replacement, which at this point is down to nine finalists. However, he did say he had heard from “two or three” of the candidates who had reached out to him for insight.

“There are a couple I think they may like better than some of the others, but you never know what the regents will do,” he said.

Adams announced his retirement this past May, which will be effective in June 2013. The football program has gone 152-51 during his tenure, a .748 winning percentage. Adams will remain in Athens and teach at UGA as a regents professor.

Special teams talk

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked again Monday about the Bulldogs’ set-up for special teams coaching. Earlier this season Richt said he was considering taking a more hands-on approach himself with the kickers.

Richt indicated that Georgia would not designated a dedicated special teams coordinator and would likely stick with its current system, in which various assistants are assigned certain teams, such as kickoff return or punt or placement kicks. But Richt said still wants to learn more about kicking techniques so he can work directly with punters and place-kickers.

“I do plan on trying to educate myself better on the fundamentals of it,” Richt said.  I think that would be important for me to do, since I’m an eligible coach.”

Richt’s desire is born out of the Bulldogs’ struggles with placement kicks the last two seasons. Former place-kicker Blair Walsh missed 14 field goals as a senior last year but has made 35 of 38 — including 10 of 50 or more yards — to earn Pro Bowl honors as an NFL rookie with the Minnesota Vikings.

Also, freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan has missed five field goals and four extra points this season.

69 comments Add your comment

42_10-WeRunThisState

January 1st, 2013
8:58 am

Looking for Marshall & Gurley to both top 100 yards and have at least 2 TD’s each!

Go Dawgs! GATA and win this bowl game!

Dawgfan

January 1st, 2013
9:07 am

Dawgfan

January 1st, 2013
9:09 am

Glad it’s not raining in Orlando today….Go Dawgs, shuck some corn.

jarvis jones

January 1st, 2013
9:09 am

Hoping I get 3 sacks and 2 caused fumbles today! Playing my last game for da Buwdawg nation!

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:15 am

He gets stuffed, so do mutts.

Congrads to Jackets, nation saw whats on the horizon for next year.

Tarryuga

January 1st, 2013
9:18 am

Hire a damn special teams coach!!!

Blair Walsh got straightened out as soon as he got one in Minnesota!

GO DAWGS!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

January 1st, 2013
9:19 am

GURLY and MARSHAL should have BIG GAMES—————–on a lighter note

————————OUTSTANDING beat down of the –LAME KITTEN —-USC LADY’S

————————————RAMBLIN WREAK played ======DEFENCE—CONGRATS

Tarryuga

January 1st, 2013
9:21 am

Here’s hoping the Dawgs make it a Happy New Year!!

SIC’EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:24 am

Clemson, S. Carolina.

0-2 coming out of the gate.

Jackets run up the gut.

Long, long 2013 , pups.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:26 am

Gen. Vad Lee, Tojh Boyd….

The ACC , in control.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:28 am

(Tajh) sorry for error

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:29 am

Drunks sleeping in this morning……..

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:31 am

‘Run this state’ (?)

Yall can’t even keep your car running …………..

LMFAO.

Tarryuga

January 1st, 2013
9:37 am

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind: I think you’ve got the runs.

Congrats to Tech.

Neutral

January 1st, 2013
9:38 am

@Paul Johnson…
Were you really surprised by GT’s win yesterday? Yes, good win, but please remember it was against one of the worse rushing defense and against the most unmotivated team in the history of bowl games……minus their Heisman candidate QB so their offense sucked too!!!
Good win, but totally expected.

Neutral

January 1st, 2013
9:43 am

Actually the team that impressed me most yesterday was Clemson. I thought they would have a good game, but they played (on both sides of the ball) like they wanted it a lot more than LSU. Vandy and GT both played well, but I expected them to win easily. Actually I thought GT would score much more and I thought Vandy would dominate more on defense.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:50 am

Correction:terryuga

Watch us run .

The wheel turns this year (2013).

Jackets and Gen. Vad Lee up the mutt butt.

bh

January 1st, 2013
9:51 am

I am a Richt fan and have been from the beginning, but sometimes he drives me crazy. This is another example of it. I think everyone would agree that UGA needs a full time special teams coach, and if the last couple of years does not prove it (not just field goals, but kick coverages and strategies) nothing will. I wish Richt and UGA all the best, but sometimes I think he is just too stubborn to make changes as quickly as needed.

CHDawg

January 1st, 2013
9:51 am

Fine young man! You never know how incoming freshmen will change the team. #3 and #4 had a huge impact on our team. They rekindled our running game, which really helped the air attack. Hopefully, the team doesn’t let down after the huge disappointment in the Dome. Great bunch of Dawgs!

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
9:51 am

@ neutral

Don’t sit and tell me you expected TECH to win.

This is an example of things to come.

M

January 1st, 2013
9:54 am

Now if ALL the other sec teams lose,but UGA- karma would have won. Go Dawgs!!!!!!!

chris in athens

January 1st, 2013
9:56 am

I agree bh Walsh missed a ton of field goals last year It took all of 10 minutes it seems like for an NFl
special teams coach to fix what was wrong

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:00 am

Totally amazed how CPJ has the next offensive play ready to call with no play sheet at his disposal on each play, seconds after previous play ran.

How many other coaches are that smart, especially running the complex scheme he employs.

A true legend. Proud he will be around for a long, long time.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:03 am

chris in pod town.

Watch cmb and ctg implode today, exposing multiple coaching boobs.

Say no?

Pay attention.

Tarryuga

January 1st, 2013
10:18 am

Tech wins one game over a crappy team as they should’ve and some people can’t stop pissin’ themselves.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:22 am

pissin’ on pups, it’s comin.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:22 am

Along with stinger up hiney …………….

DawgFan

January 1st, 2013
10:26 am

Happy New Year Dawgs, go soil yourself tech trolls. Ready for Husker beat down in a couple of hrs.

As for special teams coach that is how most NFL teams do it. Most college teams still do it by committee of coaches. Our special teams were very good this year especially considering the 2 kickers are freshmen. Barber is a future star from what I saw. Morgan has a lot of work to do. From what I hear ( from a former great kicker) is that a kicking coach is kind of unnecessary as most elite kickers already have someone They are working with as far as technique. Don’t forget how accurate Walsh was for 3 yrs before his senior year. Tiger Woods has the best swing coach money can buy and he still starts missing fairways from time to time. I would imagine Walsh fixed his issue before the Vikings got him in camp. If not they would have cut him. All the coaches have to be great recruiters and teach a position as well.

Go Dawgs

Big Buzz in dog House

January 1st, 2013
10:31 am

Just want to say to CPJ good job and excellent turn around of the season, giving 2013 the start of better things to come.
A QB with multiple weapons will be an advantage this coming year. This team can and will throw the ball down field , opening up an explosive offense.
Can’t wait to unleash this welcomed arsenal on a season highly anticipated.
GO JACKETS!

DawgFan

January 1st, 2013
10:32 am

Good morning Paul..Mind. All of us Dawg fans hope they keep that sad sack jerk for years to come. He has Tech headed for many more years of trying to break .500 and getting slaughtered by Dawgs. But good morning nonetheless and jerk a little honey on your donut you sick freak.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:38 am

@ dwagfan

When you get ’soiled’ today and against Clemson/S. Carolina (I believe 0-3) to start 2013 …………

Hang in there, more morbid games to come.

Gen Lee will also take care of business.

Try not to get too drunk today.

seriously.

Rockin Rod

January 1st, 2013
10:40 am

The Sun Bowl absolutely was one of the worst games I have seen in a while. I think I fell asleep! USC was horrible!! I hope losing their QB was the reason their offense was horrid. Tech may can compete in the ACC but would get killed week after week in the SEC. I cannot not stand watching that high school offense.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:40 am

@ dwag fan

Damn boy. Don’t have a shti hemmorage.

Sick freak? Nah, not at all.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:47 am

@ rockin rod

Either you did or didn’t fall asleep.

You will really get dizzy this year watching Gen. Lee thrash the pup defense and ctg totally get exposed. It’s coming , probably mark the mutts loss record at #5 or #6 by that time.

And, the rumors that swirl in Pod Town every year or so will return.

Can’t wait.

DawgFan

January 1st, 2013
10:51 am

Hey Paul, what did you see of Lee that got you to wet your pants so. 21 pts against a bad, uninspired USC defense and most of that setup by turnovers and a punt return. . Good win though over the evil Lane Kiffin. I’ll try to watch my drinking today at your behest. Now go suck on that stinger you hold in such high regard and get off the UGA blog. I’m done with you

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
10:55 am

DawgFan

January 1st, 2013
10:57 am

bubba4dawgs

January 1st, 2013
11:00 am

Unlike the Techie Nerds who get on this blog and bash UGA, I’d just like to congratulate the Jackets for their win over USC! It was a darn good win and I’m very proud they beat Lame Kitten. It was Lame Kitten who informed the Vols when the DAWGS lost to them in Knoxville that they would never lose to UGA again. Well, we know the rest of the story, Lame left the Vols for USC and the Vols haven’t won against the DAWGS since. Anyway, good win Jackets and congratulations!!

jack bull

January 1st, 2013
11:00 am

Dawgs coming out in black today. That’s the motivation…so to speak..

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:01 am

tgt

January 1st, 2013
11:06 am

Tech fans, don’t talk shit when you can’t win. It’s that simple. You don’t even have the right to talk to UGA fans. Have fun with your pitiful sun bowl win. Meanwhile UGA will just keep re-loading…..and beating your worthless pocket protector wearing asses, and will at least be in contention for real titles…ie SEC and National…long after you fire your high school head coach. Tech hasn’t beat anyone except by fluke in years. Go kill yourself.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:06 am

In black?

Did this work last couple of times?

Place your bets, place your bets !!!

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:09 am

@ tgt

damn…

Sure you’re not ‘dwag fan’ ???
Nasty mouth bitch.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 1st, 2013
11:13 am

At least one fool thinks tech just won the Super Bowl. And they have wrapped up next year’s title based on the lackluster performance of a 6-7 team and the recruiting of 15 two star projects. You’re fortunate that USC would rather have been at a fish fry. Please give Coach Genius a lifetime contract.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:16 am

Seems to me (and correct me if I’m wrong) the last time the pups donned black attire, they were be-headed by ‘Uncle Urban’ and ‘Papa Saban’, in that order…

Go ahead, try the gimmick again, things happen in 3’s ….

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:20 am

‘fool’ ….. nah.

‘Coach Genius’ …… hide and watch.
He has the PERFECT qb in place next year to roll up the mutts.

CPJ will get an extension, laugh now all you want.

ARdawg

January 1st, 2013
11:21 am

Black? Seriously?

Gorilla Biscuit

January 1st, 2013
11:25 am

“He has the PERFECT qb in place next year to roll up the mutts.”

The guy that got yanked after a couple of turnovers?

Chip Towers

January 1st, 2013
11:27 am

Dogs aren’t coming out in black. You can go ahead and put a cork in that.

Paul Johnson #1 Offensive Mind

January 1st, 2013
11:29 am

A sigh of relief heard all across ‘muttville’